Launch of the 2019 Program

Launch of the 2019 Program

“Off the Beaten Path” is the theme of the Festival presented in Lamèque, July 25 to 27, 2019 

Lamèque, N. B., Tuesday, April 2, 2019:   The 2019 season of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival will present six concerts this year.  Vincent Lauzer, the artistic director of the Festival, unveiled the details of the 2019 program this morning. Full details are available on the Festival website: . 

The 2019 Festival will take us off the beaten path, beyond frontiers.  The musicians of the Festival will pay homage to composers of the Renaissance and Classical periods while featuring works by the famous Vivaldi and Telemann. The Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition, presented for the fourth time in Lamèque, will allow the public to discover three promising young musicians. For its 44th season, the Festival will welcome some 50 artists from across Canada, the United States, France and Italy. The Mission Saint-Charles Orchestra and the Mission Saint-Charles Choir, under the direction of Pierre Lavoie, will also be part of the celebration. 

The evening concerts on July 25 and 27 will allow music lovers to hear the works of Antonio Vivaldi and Georg Philipp Telemann, two of the most famous composers of the 18th century. 

"Vivaldi: the limits of virtuosity"
Thursday, July 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l'Île
This first major evening concert will explore the vocal and instrumental works by Antonio Vivaldi. On the program: opera arias and concertos for recorder and bassoon in which the performers must demonstrate an extraordinary virtuosity. Soloists Samantha Louis-Jean, Vincent Lauzer and Mathieu Lussier, accompanied by the Mission Saint-Charles Orchestra conducted by violinist Olivier Brault, will offer an evening at the limit of virtuosity that promises to impress! 

“Grandiose Telemann”
Saturday, July 27, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l'Île
The Mission Saint-Charles Choir and Orchestra, under the direction of Mathieu Lussier, join forces to pay tribute to the creative genius of Georg Philipp Telemann.  The composer, arguably one of the most famous of the late Baroque, is also one of the most prolific, having composed nearly 6,000 works for all types of ensembles.  This concert will be an opportunity to hear religious works composed by Telemann on Latin texts as well as concertos by Johann Friedrich Fasch for wind instruments and orchestra. 

Summer 2019 will mark the return of the Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition. The artistic director of the Festival, Vincent Lauzer, underlined the importance of this competition on the international baroque scene. Nearly 30 candidates from Europe and North America submitted their applications for this year's competition. Three finalists have been chosen to participate in the 2019 edition. They are Duncan Campbell, trumpeter (Canada), Marie Nadeau-Tremblay, violinist (Canada), and Jonathan Salamon, harpsichordist (United States). The competition, presented in two events open to the public, will feature these three emerging artists in recital and in concert with the Mission Saint-Charles Orchestra. More than $6,000 in prizes will be awarded to the finalists and the public will be invited to vote for their favourite finalist. 

First round: Recitals by the finalists
Thursday, July 25, 2019, 2 p.m.
Notre-Dame-des-Flots Church, Lamèque
For this first event, each finalist will present a short recital for their instrument and basso continuo: a golden opportunity to discover young talents in an intimate concert. The emerging musicians will play with harpsichordist Hank Knox and cellist Amanda Keesmaat. 

Final Round
Friday, July 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l'Île
During this concert, the three finalists will showcase their talents in mastering their instrument by performing concertos and vocal works with baroque orchestra. They will be accompanied by the Saint-Charles Mission Orchestra under the direction of Hank Knox. The prizes will be awarded at the end of this very moving evening. 

These events, presented during the day at Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Church in Miscou, allow a privileged exchange between artists and members of the public. 

"Secret Muses"
Friday, July 26, 2019, 3 p.m.
Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Church, Miscou
The artists of this concert are inspired by the "Concerto delle donne”, a group of three professional female singers at the court of Duke Alfonso II in Ferrara, Italy, at the end of the Renaissance.  The works of Cavalli, Luzzaschi, Monteverdi and Strozzi will be performed by four musicians from the Montreal art scene who wish to pay tribute to these three exceptional singers by reviving their astonishing musical repertoire. 

"From Bach to Haydn: Carte blanche To Francesco Corti"
Saturday, July 27, 2019, 11 a.m.
Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Church, Miscou
For this concert, Italian harpsichordist Francesco Corti, winner of numerous prizes in international competitions and one of the most prominent musicians on the European scene, presents a recital of works for solo harpsichord. This program will feature music from the late Baroque period as well as works from the early Classical period and will reveal the changes that took place in keyboard writing in the 18th century. 

In addition, the Chairman of the Festival Board of Directors, Jean-René Noël, was pleased to present the visual signature of the 2019 season. It is a painting by Acadian artist Louise LeBlanc. This work, used as a visual signature, is part of a series of six works inspired by the music of Telemann presented during the Festival's closing concert. Baroque music is characterized in particular by the importance of counterpoint with its expressive melodic lines that twirl and intertwine.  The paintings of Louise LeBlanc are marked by the long and short gestural movement, the light and dark colours and the dialogue of emerging forms in concerto. Works are on sale and details are published on the Festival website. 

The 44th season of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival will take place from July 25 to 27, 2019. For all the details about the program, visit . Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 9 a.m.